Kratom can be a stimulant and a sedative, while alcohol is a depressant. In general, it can be dangerous to mix these classes of drugs together.

Many people already know that you shouldn’t mix drugs and alcohol, but unfortunately, this doesn’t stop some people from doing it. Kratom, although a fairly new substance in the United States, is just one of many drugs available in stores and on the internet.

Use of kratom has increased in the United States over the past few years. Some may wonder about the safety of kratom and drinking, specifically if it is safe to combine them.

Although there isn’t currently much data on what happens if you mix kratom and alcohol, examining the properties of these substances individually provides valuable information about the possible risks of this combination.

Alcohol is a depressant, which means it inhibits the function of the central nervous system. It also blocks messages from nerve receptors to the brain. As a result, a person’s perceptions, movements and senses are affected. Kratom, on the other hand, is both a stimulant and a sedative.

Combining a depressant with a stimulant or with a sedative, in general, can be dangerous. With that in mind, it’s best to simply avoid mixing kratom and alcohol.


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